Diversity

Directing Initiative

As part of its ongoing commitment to creating additional access for talented artists of diverse backgrounds, the CBS Diversity Institute has RE-LAUNCHED the DIRECTING INITIATIVE.

  • The RESTRUCTURED PROGAM NOW CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
    • Applicants must currently be a DGA Member.
    • Applicants must be 21 or older
    • Two (2) demo reels on DVD format
    • Credit list and/or resume
  • THE DIRECTING INITIATIVE WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS March 1, thru May 30, 2014.
  • Accepted participants will be notified in September, 2014.
  • The Program will run the length of an entire 2014-2015 season.

The Directing Initiative will select directing candidates for episodic network television and match them with directors of CBS Television Network drama and comedy series. The goal is to bridge the gap for those talented directors attempting to break into network television.

The restructured program is looking for candidates that:

  • Demonstrate a visual perspective in telling a story
  • Are able to execute the best possible performances while capturing the artistic thematic nature of a show
  • Are able to maximize every potential opportunity in enhancing the viewing experience

Individual showrunners will mentor participants during the various stages of production. This informal observation process will afford emerging directors invaluable first hand exposure to the CBS Television network episodic directing process.  In addition to getting a chance to observe the in-depth technical aspects of the process, this observation experience allows participants to begin to form relationships with showrunners, producers, network executives and other significant players.

The Directing Initiative is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is instead, a program of personal exposure to the process of television directing and career development. The goal of the Directing Initiative is to prepare directors for potential employment opportunities in television.

The primary focus of CBS' Diversity Institute and the Directing Initiative is to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse directors with a focus on directors of color.

Eligibility

Applicants must currently be a DGA Member.  You must be 21 or older to be eligible.

Application Materials

Each submission must be complete in order to be considered. A completed application packet includes: 1) Application  2) Letter of Interest  3) Work Resume or Bio 4) two (2) demo reels (on DVD format) with a brief description of the material  and 5) A signed, notarized Submission Release form.

Contact information must include an e-mail address for further communication from CBS.

Unfortunately, if any of the above materials are missing, the submission will not be processed.

Sample Demo Reel

Commercials and music videos do not qualify as submissions.

All sample reels and any written material submitted will be destroyed once the selection process has been completed.

1) APPLICATION
Please download the Application Form on this page and print or type your information. Be sure to include e-mail contact information, as this is necessary for any further communication from CBS. Please do not telephone CBS. No phone calls regarding the CBS Directing Initiative will be accepted.

2) RESUME OR BIO
Please include an up-to-date work resume or bio.

3) LETTER OF INTEREST
Your letter should be addressed to the CBS Directing Initiative, and will be used to evaluate your personal qualifications for participation in the program. Please tell us why you should be selected as a part of the CBS Directing Initiative and what specific talents and traits you have to offer as a director on a television show. PLEASE keep your letter to one typewritten, double-spaced page.

4) SAMPLE DEMO REEL
The CBS Directing Initiative is seeking creative, talented and highly motivated individuals to participate. Please send two (2) copies of your sample demo reel (on DVD format) and include a brief description of the material.

Commercials and music videos do not qualify as submissions.

5) SUBMISSION RELEASE FORMS
A completed, signed and notarized release form MUST be included, otherwise your submission will not be processed. Please download the Submission Release Form here.

SAMPLE DEMO REELS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. All reels and any written material submitted will be destroyed once the selection process is complete.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Once application packets are complete, please send them to:
CBS Diversity Institute
Primetime Directing Initiative
CBS Broadcast Center
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604

All Submissions Must Be Mailed. No Hand Deliveries Will Be Accepted.
All applications must include an e-mail address in order to receive further communication from CBS. If any of the application items are missing, the submission will not be processed. The CBS Directing Initiative runs for the length of one broadcast season. Participation in the CBS Directing Initiative in no way guarantees future employment.

Please download the Directing Initiative Application Form
Please download the Submission Release Form (PDF)

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